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Colorado Cop Who Shot And Killed Pit Bull Charged With Animal Cruelty

Commerce City officer charged with animal cruelty for shooting pit bull

Commerce City, CO — The police officer who shot a pit bull mix five times has been charged with animal cruelty, a class six felony under Colorado law.

The incident started when Chloe, the pit bull-lab mix who was being watched by a dogsitter for the owner who was out of state, wandered loose on November 24, and a neighbor called 911.

The animal control officer on the scene apparently had difficulty securing Chloe in a neck harness. Responding Commerce City officers Tased the dog twice, and then one of the officers opened fire with his department-issued handgun — shooting and killing dog — even though it appeared that canine may not have been acting aggressively.

The incident, which was captured on video, sparked a controversy in the Denver suburb and the surrounding area as to whether the officer acted disproportionately.

After a thorough investigation, the Adams County, Colorado, District Attorney decided to charge Officer Robert Price with aggravated cruelty to animals according to CBS Channel 4 in Denver:

“In the past three weeks investigators reviewed reports by responding officers, both police and animal control officers, canvassed the neighborhood and interviewed additional witnesses, collected evidence from the scene, reviewed video of the shooting, reviewed the 911 tape and reviewed the necropsy of the dog at CSU’s Veterinary Diagnostic Lab.”

Officer Price, who maintained that the dog was being aggressive, is now on paid administrative leave while the case against him is pending. The dog’s owner is also considering filing a civil lawsuit against the police department.

Watch a CBS News report on the animal cruelty charges against Commerce City Police Officer Robert Price:

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62 Responses to “Colorado Cop Who Shot And Killed Pit Bull Charged With Animal Cruelty”

  1. Ban Pit Bulls Across America

    This was an act of HEROISM! This officer acted in the best interest of the other responders, and the entire neighborhood. The pit lobby seems to have a hard time relating to decisions that are made to serve the greater good. Perhaps owners, breeders and the dogmen who engineered this dangerous breed, should step up….and assume their share of the blame.

  2. Mike Okey

    WOW! Any human that watched that criminal murder that poor dog. Then make a statement like Ban Pit Bulls make shows there pure hatred towards any living thing. People that are that ignorant knows nothing about human history.Humans and there beliefs are responsible for all the deaths and misery. This type of hatred is why Lets see My religion is better than yours so I will kill all who disagree, your skin color is different than mine so we will ban you from being free. To have this much hatred for a Dog Yes a Dog tells me a lot about you and the poor little lives you live. Hopefully we have one less mentally unstable police officer with a gun. The problem is he will just get a job killing pets in some other town. My Thanks to the District Attorneys office for standing up for justice.

  3. Rebecca Furr

    This is an OUTRAGE that Officer Price is being charge for doing his job! It is ILLEGAL to have a pit bull or pit bull mix in Commerce City and the owner not only had a pit bull mix ILLEGALLY but that dog was RUNNING AT LARGE! Officer Price did the right thing to shoot the dog! The dog had been TASED TWICE and was still obviously out of control and was STILL trying to get away from the Animal Control officer! Pit Bulls have KILLED TWENTY KIDS so far this year! They are dangerous dogs and Officer Price was doing what he was supposed to do, PROTECTING the public from a potentially LETHAL attack from a BANNED type of dog that was running at large! Give him a medal!

  4. Rebecca Furr

    This is an OUTRAGE that Officer Price is being charged for doing his job! It is ILLEGAL to have a pit bull or pit bull mix in Commerce City and the owner not only had a pit bull mix ILLEGALLY but that dog was RUNNING AT LARGE! Officer Price did the right thing to shoot the dog! The dog had been TASED TWICE and was still obviously out of control and was STILL trying to get away from the Animal Control officer! Pit Bulls have KILLED TWENTY KIDS so far this year! They are dangerous dogs and Officer Price was doing what he was supposed to do, PROTECTING the public from a potentially LETHAL attack from a BANNED type of dog that was running at large! Give him a medal!

  5. Rebecca Furr

    Hmm, I wonder if you would still think that way if that pit bull had your arm in his jaws and would NOT let go? Many a pit bull owner has had their own dog attack them and when the cops got there, they begged the cops to shoot the dog. Easy for you to sit there and pass judgement on this officer who was only doing his job! The dog had already been TASED TWICE and was STILL trying to get free from the Animal Control officer who was obviously having a hard time holding onto the dog. The officer may have SAVED someone's kid's LIFE because the dog might have gotten loose and attacked someone. Pit bulls have KILLED 22 people in 2012. Pit bulls kill more people than ALL other dog breeds combined year after year. They have been bred to be aggressive and lethal. The owner of this dog should be cited for having a pit bull ILLEGALLY in Commerce City and also for allowing that same dog to RUN AT LARGE! Pit bulls should be banned nationwide in the USA as they are in other countries. They are a man made atrocity that should be forced into extinction.

  6. Mike Okey

    I have to start by saying how sad I am that you are so IGNORANT. You never watched the video or read the story. You make up lies for what? begging the cops to shoot there dogs? WOW. The dog was sitting in the garage not barking or any type of aggressive behavior. If a stranger (yes to a dog a police officer is a stranger) shot an object at you that brought pain upon you how would you feel?You are so worried about children if you read the story you would know there were bullets every where . Thats safe for the kids that were outside? This Police officer should never carry a gun let alone fire it in a fashion that shows a lack of training. I did watch the video I saw two Police officers that were as afraid as two little school girls. It was a pet not some mythical creature. You are not the District Attorney ( Thank God due to your Ignorance) they are pressing charges. Pit Bulls have not killed 22 people this year . You are just regurgitating media garbage. I will bet you 1000.00 you could not pick a pit bull out of a line up of 20 dogs. This officer did this act of murder because as always they can get away with it. Paid leave I call that vacation. Rebecca you need to ask yourself WTF is wrong with me. Since you are the expert on banning these dogs nation wide do we start with any dog you don't like or just brown dogs then golden dogs then spanish, asian, african, were do you stop? It didn't work out well for Hitler and your last name smacks of well you know.

  7. Mike Okey

    So an illegal immigrant should just be shot because there here illegally? Your IGNORANCE is amazing! I would read what you say first and think gee this sound stupid. The cop needs fired…….He does need a metal for stupidity. He is from the generation were no matter how bad you are at something you get a trophy and nobody looses. We don't keep score little Billy.

  8. Jaloney Caldwell

    For sure. If the officer waited and the pitbull charged.. then what? And Pitbulls are illegal in Denver.. THANK YOU FOR PROTECTING HUMAN ANIMALS for a change! Give the officer a medal. So many officers are mauled by pitbulls before they can get in enough shots.. The officer did the right thing.

  9. Jaloney Caldwell

    Pitbulls maime, mutilate, disfigure and should be treated like wild animals when they are loose as there are so many reports of police officers that are seriously injured by pitbulls when they can't fill them with enough bullets before they attack.

  10. Jaloney Caldwell

    Make sure this District Attorney NEVER sees higher office. The police officer judged the situation as dangerous and should not be tried with cruelty.

  11. Brad White

    Thank you Officer Robert Price for keeping people and our children SAFE!

  12. Brittany Stilgenbauer

    I respect and appreciate our law enforcement officers but in this case I agree with the District Attorney decision to charge Officer Robert Price with aggravated cruelty to animals. This isn't just a "pit bull" related issue. Countless family dogs of all breeds are being unjustly shot and killed by law enforcement. I believe this is a direct result of a lack of training for handling animals while out on the field. "Deadly force" should be a very last option.

    Now with social media these tragedies of family pets being gunned down are getting national attention and support. The first story I personally heard was Cisco's story. On April 14, 2012 Michael Paxton's best friend Cisco, an Australian Cattle Dog (Blue Heeler), was gunned down by an APD officer that responded to the wrong address of a domestic disturbance complaint.

    I hope with the rising number of innocent family pets being killed by law enforcement, that proper officer field training with animals will be implemented nation wide to avoid such tragedies.

  13. Cloey Jade

    Sorry to burst your bubble Rebecca but pit bulls havent killed anywhere close to 20 children this year

  14. Cloey Jade

    rebecca once again pit bulls have NOT killed 20 22 people this year. There hasnt even been that many dog related deaths in 2012.

  15. Mike Okey

    Thank you Brad White for being STUPID the police kill so it's OK. we should never ever question a Police officer. Dumb a##.They do get away with Murder every year Pit Bulls couldn't even come close to the amount of kills cops do needlessly every year! Sonoma county cops get called to a house were a 16 year old 130 pound kid is acting strange The parents are worried the boy is inside of a mini van 12 shots later dead kid grieving parents and community. Cops back at work after paid leave (vacation) The investigation showed abuse of power no charges filed against the two 230 pound cops with a number of ways to deal with the problem. No Guns first. Always ask why you could be next.

  16. Mike Okey

    And you forgot about Unicorns, flying pigs, and streets paved in gold. Since we are making stuff up.!!!!!!

  17. Mike Okey

    Discharging his weapon with kids outside playing. Bullets found in the house across the street and a truck parked on the street. The other dog in the garage ran off scared no one even cared or went after it. They were to busy laughing for getting to shoot gun shoot gun is fun. Those are not police officers they are cowboys!

  18. Erika Birk

    I absolutely agree. I fully support contacting your local law enforcement, to inquire about their policies and training concerning dogs encountered while on duty. Few careers are as dangerous as the First Responder's job, and officers are at higher risk on routine calls than they are in high-risk situations. When I wrote my own department, the officer suggested that you always inform the dispatcher about any pets you might have, so officers are not surprised and mentally prepared to deal with any dogs present. But I do feel that many departments do not adequately train their officers on how to handle dogs, when our country has been seeing a massive rise in dog-ownership over the last several decades. About half of all households have dogs, and the standard response should not be lethal force, without exercising other non-lethal options first. I think one reason officers tend to shoot first with canines is because some departments have such a vague and incredibly low threshold for deadly force. The language is usually simply "felt threatened", which has resulted in many breeds of all sizes being killed by officers. A pet owner should never have to fear that police will gun down their dog if they leave it at a pet sitter, or call police because of an emergency, or are simply going for a walk at the wrong place at the wrong time.

  19. Michel Marine

    He deserves to lose his job. He has no business being allowed to carry a gun. Watch the video again. That dog did nothing, nothing wrong. There was no need to murder her. The officer deserves to have his life ruined for taking the life of another, sweet being.

  20. Nicole Marso

    You obviously know nothing about this story, i'm from colorado and i watched this story unfolf first hand! If this was a poodle would you be calling this coward a hero? or any other dog for that matter! No matter if you are with or against the breed shooting a helpless dog (that had already been contained) is animal abuse! He would have been charged with the same crime if it was any other breed as well because the DA did his job!!! The owner of Chole is now suffering with the loss of a family pet and service dog! Thats right this pit bullwas a SERVICE DOG!!! tell me again how she wads violent? ban your ignorance, not the breed!!

  21. Scott Lacy

    To the first three commenters: Did you watch the video of the incident? What on earth does breed have to do with this? I suspect you are related to a police officer.

    Also, google "dog shot by police" and "police officer mauled by pit bull" and see which search returns more relevant results. It's not even close.

    It's not "heroic" to kill people's pets out of fear you might, in theory, get bitten. Is it too much to ask for a bit more bravery from the men in blue?

  22. Kathryn Dunigan

    This is outrageous and makes me sick. It's the cops JOB to protect people, not out of control dangerous breed dogs.

  23. Kelly Roberts

    I agree the police did what he had to. I would of did the same.

  24. John Maydak

    Thank you Brad White for caring more for kids than for a genetic mutant landshark!!

  25. Gayla Ledsome

    Hey stupid bitch did you see the video he shot that dog for nothing ..i live in denver amd being you think its so great the officer was charged with felony animal abuse and no longer has a badge! Was a big investigation all because the lil kid across the street caught the whole thing on his phone. you like apples ? How bout them apples hag .

  26. Gayla Ledsome

    Hey stupid bitch did you see the video he shot that dog for nothing ..i live in denver amd being you think its so great the officer was charged with felony animal abuse and no longer has a badge! Was a big investigation all because the lil kid across the street caught the whole thing on his phone. you like apples ? How bout them apples hag .

  27. Karen Sowell

    Another phony page……skitsophrenic…….you guys are Bully's. Wanna be bully's !!!!!

  28. Thomas McCartney

    Nicole Marso First of all a poodle would have been a very limited threat that would have caused a few stitch's at most to anyone while a pit bull can take down a 1200 pound bull and kill it, get the difference.Secondly the statement that this was a service dog is a LIE, some nutter buys a certificate and vest online, puts it through a few hours of training and presto it is a service dog……..NOT…………….at best it was a dog that the owner said made him feel good as some bogus therapy dog and that is NOT a service dog and is not recognized as such either anywhere.

  29. Thomas McCartney

    Ezekiel 33:1
    The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, speak to your people and say to them, If I bring the sword upon a land, and the people of the land take a man from among them, and make him their watchman,

    and if he sees the sword coming upon the land and blows the trumpet and warns the people, then if anyone who hears the sound of the trumpet does not take warning, and the sword comes and takes him away, his blood shall be upon his own head.

    He heard the sound of the trumpet and did not take warning; his blood shall be upon himself.
    But if he had taken warning, he would have saved his life.

  30. Thomas McCartney

    Pit bull type dogs were created for one purpose: to torture other animals to death. When you manage to keep a pit bull from killing your dog (or horse, or sheep — or child), this doesn't mean the danger has subsided.

    If you let it live, the pit bull will persistently try to return to finish the job of killing. Even if it does kill, it'll come back some other day to see if there's more pit bull fun to be had (a new victim).

    The pit bull isn't like this because it has bad owners. It attracts a certain type of owner because it is inherently vicious.

    The only part of the problem the owners create is that they are unable or unwilling to keep their killer away from other people, our children and our pets. They don't care because they assume we and our loved ones will die, never their pit bull.

    Never let a pit bull leave your yard alive.

  31. Thomas McCartney

    Pit bull type dogs represent 3000% the actuarial risk compared to other types of dogs.

    Insurance companies will have calculated the risks the other listed breeds represent based on what they’ve had to pay out through the years.

    This isn’t ‘prejudice’, this is cold statistical reality. Actuarial realities don’t yield to sentiment or a feeling of entitlement — they just are what they are.

  32. Thomas McCartney

    Wichita, Kansas
    In January 2009, the Wichita Department of Environmental Services released a number of pit bull statistics. The figures are based upon the Wichita Animal Control department's investigation of 733 dog bites in 2008.

    Included in the data are pit bulls encountered by the Wichita Police Department. In the 1-year period, 95% of police encounters with aggressive dogs were pit bulls.

    The report also showed that the percentage of pit bull encounters had increased from 66% in 2004 to 95% in 2008. Subsequently, four months after the release of this data, the City of Wichita enacted a mandatory pit bull sterilization law.

    55% of all dogs deemed dangerous were pit bulls (41 pit bull dogs deemed dangerous).

    34% of attacks and bites involved pit bull dogs (246 pit bull attacks/bites).

    28% of dogs found running at large were pit bulls (1,279 pit bulls found running loose).

    25% of dogs impounded were pit bulls dogs (1,575 pit bulls impounded).

    37% of all dogs euthanized were pit bull dogs (1,255 pit bulls euthanized).

    23% of dog complaints involved pit bull dogs (2,523 complaints involved pit bull dogs).

  33. Thomas McCartney

    Results of mandatory breed-specific S/N in SF: success in San Francisco, where in just eight years there was a 49% decline in the number of pit-bulls impounded, a 23% decline in the number of pit-bulls euthanized, and an 81% decline in the number of pit-bulls involved in fatal and disfiguring attacks.

    Ed Boks, Executive director, Yavapai Humane Society (responsible Jan 2004 as director City Center for Animal Care & Control in NYC for trying to rename pit bulls New Yorkies; is pb owner)

  34. Thomas McCartney

    Of the 4,098 dogs involved in fatal and disfiguring attacks on humans occurring in the past 30.5 years,

    2,540 (62%) were pit bulls;

    530 were Rottweilers;

    3,295 were of related molosser breeds, including pit bulls, Rottweilers, Cane Corsos, mastiffs, boxers, and their mixes.

    Of the 507 human fatalities,

    256 were killed by pit bulls;

    84 were killed by Rottweilers;

    378 (69%) were killed by molosser breeds.

    Of the 2,264 people who were disfigured,

    1,455 (61%) were disfigured by pit bulls;

    304 were disfigured by Rottweilers;

    1,861 (82%) were disfigured by molosser breeds.

  35. Thomas McCartney


    Bites by pit bulls have dropped dramatically since 2004
    Hearing on Alix's leash law violation put off to Sept. 20
    By ETHAN SHOREY, Valley Breeze Staff Writer

    PAWTUCKET – The city has seen a dramatic decline in the number of attacks by pit bulls since a 2004 ban on the breed went into effect, according to data released by local officials.

    In response to an open records request by The Breeze, the Pawtucket Police Department and Pawtucket Animal Control, through City Solicitor Frank Milos, provided documents showing just how rarely pit bulls have attacked people or animals in the city since the ban was enacted.

    For the four years leading up to the ban, from 2000 to 2003, officers responded to 71 incidents of biting or scratching involving pit bulls in Pawtucket, a majority of those, 51, involving attacks on people.

    In the 10 years since the ban was put in place, police responded to 23 total attacks involving pit bulls, with only 13 of those involving attacks on people.

    For three years, 2008, 2010, and 2012, there were no attacks by pit bulls reported, according to the information provided by the city.

    The following are the 71 pit bulls attacks separated out by year for the four years before Pawtucket's pit bull ban went into effect:

    * 2000 – 20 incidents, 18 involving attacks on people, two involving other animals.

    * 2001 – 14 incidents, nine involving attacks on people, five on animals.

    * 2002 – 17 incidents, 14 involving attacks on people, three on animals.

    * 2003 – 20 incidents, 11 involving attacks on people, nine on animals.

    The following are the 23 pit bull attacks in the city for the 10 years since Pawtucket's pit bull ban was unanimously approved by the Rhode Island General Assembly:

    * 2004 – Eight incidents, five involving attacks on people, three involving attacks on other animals.

    * 2005 – One incident involving a person being attacked.

    * 2006 – Three incidents, one involving an attack on a person, two on animals.

    * 2007 – Four incidents, one involving an attack on a person, three on animals.

    * 2008 – No incidents.

    * 2009 – Two incidents, both involving attacks on people.

    * 2010 – No incidents.

    * 2011 – Two incidents, both involving attacks on people.

    * 2012 – No incidents.

    * 2013 – Three incidents, one involving an attack on a person, two on animals.

    John Holmes, Pawtucket's veteran animal control officer and the key proponent of the 2004 ban, said the numbers before and after 2004 "speak for themselves."

    "The law's worked," he said. "We didn't put this law in to destroy pit bulls, in fact, quite the opposite."

    The last serious pit bull attack in Pawtucket was the day the bill was signed into law, said Holmes. Residents have been safer because of the ban, he said.

    "Public safety has always been the issue," he said. "They're just missing so much of what this is all about. We're going backward here."

    Al Alix, the lifelong city resident and real estate agent who plans to challenge the city's pit bull ban in court, told The Breeze he questions the numbers provided by the city. Instead of taking so much time to enforce a blanket ban, said Alix, officials should be spending more time getting to know the dogs they are trying to keep out of the city, like his pit bull "Chubs."

    A hearing on Alix's violation of the city's leash law has been postponed from this Friday, Sept. 13, to Sept. 20 at 9 a.m. in Pawtucket Municipal Court. Depending on the outcome of that hearing, Alix says he plans to take the city to court over their efforts to take away Chubs. If city officials came to the ball field to see all the children who come over to pet Chubs, they would have difficulty telling him that his dog poses a danger, said Alix.

    "Of course" he feels badly about attacks by pit bulls, said Alix, but he remains convinced that pit bulls who go on the attack are not raised properly by caring owners. When pit bulls are outlawed, said Alix, the "bad guys" just find another type of dog to train to fight.

    He also feels "sick" for the families who have had to give up their family pet in the name of a law that should never have been passed in the first place, he said.

    The pit bull issue is now a "national issue," said Alix, with even President Obama coming out in August in support of the breed and against breed-specific legislation. With state legislators passing a ban this year on breed-specific legislation, said Alix, Pawtucket "doesn't stand a chance" if this conflict comes down to a court battle.

    Even though the General Assembly voted this year to prohibit municipalities like Pawtucket from instituting bans on specific breeds like pit bulls, city officials say they see the law as "prospective" in nature and therefore having no impact on ordinances already in place. Police have said they'll continue enforcing the pit bull ban as long as it is in place.

  36. Thomas McCartney

    Re: Letter to the editor, Breed-specific language Burnaby NOW, Sept. 10, 2013.

    Dear Editor: advocates on behalf of victims of serious dog attacks. The United States-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization also tracks U.S. dog bite fatalities, dog bite injury studies, jurisdictions with breed-specific laws and appellate court rulings that uphold these laws.

    Statistical data from is cited in the peer-reviewed scientific medical study, Mortality, Mauling, and Maiming by Vicious Dogs, published in the Annals of Surgery in April 2011.

    The study's conclusion:"Attacks by pit bulls are associated with higher morbidity rates, higher hospital charges, and a higher risk of death than are attacks by other breeds of dogs. Strict regulation of pit bulls may substantially reduce the US mortality rates related to dog bites."

    The amicus brief submitted in the landmark case, Tracey v. Solesky, helped move Maryland's highest court to modify common law.
    In April 2012, the Court of Appeals declared pitbulls "inherently dangerous" and attached strict liability when a pitbull attacks a person. This liability extends to landlords when a tenant's pitbull attacks a person.

    The Maryland Court of Appeals went as far as pointing out in their decision ­– concerning the opposing brief written by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which sought to eliminate a financial remedy for the young mauling victim – the following:"Some are similar to the arguments made in the appellant or amicus’ briefs filed in the present case by supporters of pitbulls.

    In light of Maryland’s situation, we find those particular arguments unpersuasive. We have fully reviewed and considered all the briefs."

    Research and statistical data from has exceptional credibility with appellate court justices, surgeons and medical practitioners, attorneys who champion and represent dog mauling victims, the many local, national and international news agencies which have cited our data, parents and activists and of course the victims themselves.

    Colleen Lynn
    Founder and President,
    Austin, TX

  37. Thomas McCartney

    Council Bluffs, Iowa.
    Pit bulls are not only problematic in large cities; they threaten mid-sized cities and small towns as well. Located in the heartland, Council Bluffs, Iowa has about 60,000 citizens.

    After a series of devastating attacks, beginning in 2003, Council Bluffs joined over 600 U.S. cities and began regulating pit bulls.

    The results of the Council Bluffs pit bull ban, which began January 1, 2005, show the positive effects such legislation can have on public safety in just a few years time:1.

    Council Bluffs: Pit Bull Bite Statistics.

    Year Pit Bull Bites % of All Bites.
    2004 29 23%.
    2005 12 10% (year ban enacted).
    2006 6 4%.
    2007 2 2%.
    2008 0 0%.
    2009 0 0%.
    2010 1 1%.
    2011 0 0%.

  38. Thomas McCartney

    Quick statistics ::

    This page is a collection of dog bite statistics that are located on or can reached by a web link. Notably, each year, an American has a one in 50 chance of being bitten by a dog.1.

    In the 8-year period from 2005 to 2012, two dog breeds accounted for 73% of the attacks that resulted in death: pit bulls and rottweilers.

    2012 Dog Bite Fatalities by, 2013.

    71% of the pit bull fatalities have occurred in the past 10 years; 42% in the past four years; 24% in the past two years.

    30-Year Summary: Dog Attack Deaths and Maimings, U.S. & Canada September 1982 to December 26, 2011 by Merritt Clifton, Animal People, 2012.

    Over 600 U.S. cities have adopted breed-specific laws since the mid 1980s, just after pit bulls (fighting dogs) began leaking into the general population.

    Estimated U.S. Cities, Counties and Military Facilities with Breed-Specific Laws by, 2012.

    By 2016, pit bulls are projected to maul 275 Americans to death since 1998, the year the CDC stopped tracking fatal dog attacks by breed., 2013

    In the 8-year period from 2005 to 2012, pit bulls killed 151 Americans, about one citizen every 19 days.

    2012 Dog Bite Fatalities by, 2013.

    In 2012, roughly one-third, 32%, of all dog bite fatality victims were either visiting or living temporarily with the dog's owner when the fatal attack occurred.

    2012 Dog Bite Fatalities by, 2013.

    In the 3-year period of 2006 to 2008, 18% of all fatal dog attacks occurred off owner property. Pit bulls were responsible for 81% of these attacks.

    Report: U.S. Dog Bite Fatalities January 2006 to December 2008 by, 2010.

    In the first eight months of 2011, nearly half of the persons killed by a pit bull was the dog's owner and primary caretaker.

    2011 Dog Bite Fatalities by, 2011.

    Over 30 countries across the world regulate dangerous dog breeds with breed-specific laws including: France, Norway, Spain, Portugal and Great Britain.

    Estimated U.S. Cities, Counties and Military Facilities with Breed-Specific Laws by, 2012.

    In 2011, adult victims of fatal pit bull attacks more than doubled the number of child victims.

    2011 Dog Bite Fatalities by, 2012.

    A study published in 2010 showed there were 4 times as many dog bite-related ED visits and 3 times as many hospital stays in rural areas than in urban areas.

    Emergency Department Visits and Inpatient Stays Involving Dog Bites, 2008 by AHRQ, 2010.

    Pit bull terriers were selectively bred for a violent activity that is now a felony in all 50 U.S. states: dogfighting.

    Dogfighting Fact Sheet by the Human Society of the United States.

    Over 260 U.S. military bases governed by the U.S. Air Force, Air Force Space Command, U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps and Navy regulate dangerous dog breeds.

    Estimated U.S. Cities, Counties and Military Facilities with Breed-Specific Laws by, 2012.

    Dog attack victims suffer over $1 billion in monetary losses annually. JAMA reports this estimate to be as high as $2 billion.

    Dog Bites Recognized as Public Health Problem by R. Voelker, JAMA, 1997.

    A 2010 study showed that the average cost of a dog bite-related hospital stay was $18,200, about 50% higher than the average injury-related hospital stay.

    Emergency Department Visits and Inpatient Stays Involving Dog Bites, 2008 by AHRQ, 2010.

    Dog bites occur every 75 seconds in the United States. Each day, over 1,000 citizens need emergency medical care to treat these injuries.

    Nonfatal Dog Bite-Related Injuries Treated in Hospital Emergency Departments – United States, 2001 by the CDC, 2003.

    Dog bites are the fifth highest reason why children seek emergency room treatment due to activities they voluntarily engage in, such as playing sports.

    Incidence of Dog Bite Injuries Treated in Emergency Departments (1992-1994) by H. Weiss, D. Friedman and J. Coben, JAMA, 1998.

  39. Thomas McCartney

    Another Day, Another Pit Bull Story, More Need For Change.
    Posted on August 31, 2013.

    Several news stations have reported that an elderly Katy, Texas man, Juan Campos, was found dead yesterday with his body being mauled by pit bulls in his own backyard. Apparently the dogs clawed their way through his fence to get his dog and the man. See story here.

    Those in favor of breed specific legislation will call for such. Those opposed will cry out that there’s not enough proof of the how or the why or the breed. Some will blame the dogs, some will blame the owner, some may even blame the deceased man.

    We will hear the arguments that the dogs were misidentified or that they were not pure breeds or pedigrees but only 25 or 40 or 60 percent pit bull. We will hear on one hand that they were of a bad breed and other the other that there are no bad or aggressive breeds.

    “Cindy Lou” will tell us a heart-wrenching story about how her 10 year old pit bull “old yeller” has been a faithful babysitter to her two-year-old since birth. So they can’t all be bad she’ll say.

    And once again the point will be lost….that those of us who do not own dogs with extreme biting force, locking jaws and the power to kill don’t care if it’s a pure breed or a partial breed. We don’t care if it has its papers. We don’t care if its how it was raised or ingrained in the breed. We just want the killing of innocent victims to stop.

    Texas law follows the “One Free Bite Rule.” You must prove that the dog owner knew the dog had vicious tendencies to hold the owner liable. It’s not considered a dangerous dog until after the first attack. Many negligent dog owners get away free by claiming they did not know. Then they can get a new dog and the count resets. “Well I didn’t know this dog was vicious too.”.

    Certain breeds and breed mixes need to be classified under the law as dangerous dogs by virtue of the fact that they have the kind of bite power that makes them deadly when they, for whatever reason–mean owner, child provoked, etc.–attack and kill someone.

    Labeling them “dangerous dogs” under the law isn’t about saying they are inherently bad or good, aggressive or passive. It is about placing responsibility for their attacks squarely on the owner who chose to keep and raise the dog in whatever manner he/she chose to keep and raise them.

    I invite you to come hear myself and other speak about this on October 19th, 2013 at P.J.’s Softball Park in Spring, Texas.

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  40. Thomas McCartney

    American Temperament Test:
    The ATTS test, was NOT created to evaluate dogs for “pet” suitability.

    In 1977, Alfons Ertel designed the American Temperament Test in hopes of creating a uniform temperament test for dogs. Of the 75 million dogs that populate the U.S. today, 20 about 933 are tested per year (0.001% of all dogs).

    And he was a printer, NOT an animal behaviorist. He owned German shepherds and was involved in the sport called shutzhund, which involves training dogs in the same manner in which police dogs are trained.

    The ATTS was intended to test working dogs for jobs such as police work and it favors bold animals, i.e., dogs that face danger head-on without hesitation or fear.

    Courage was a desirable trait, timidity an undesirable trait. Thus, German shepherds did much better on the ATTS than did collies and other timid breeds.

    In fact, 95% of the dogs that fail the ATTS do so because they “lack confidence,” e.g., when approaching a weirdly-dressed stranger.

    Of course, pit bulls are going to score well on a test geared toward aggressive behavior because these monsters were bred for the purpose of fighting and killing other pit bulls and nothing deters them, certainly not weirdly-dressed strangers!

    The temperament data published by the group is not based upon scientific random sampling of any dog breed. It seems it would be virtually impossible to develop such a reliable study, as the base population source group is unidentifiable.

    Due to the temperament data being objectively statistically unreliable, it is also highly misleading. Pit bull advocates frequently use this misleading data to point to the breed's good temperament and to advocate against breed-specific laws ("Pit bulls pass the ATTS test more often than beagles!").

    Yet anyone one who has a minimal understanding of critical statistical analysis should be able to see that the ATTS "breed statistics" temperament data21 is essentially valueless.

    The 12-minute test stimulates a casual walk through a park with a range of encounters. The test focuses on stability, shyness, aggressiveness and a few other factors. According to the group, the overall pass rate (the combination of all breeds) is 81.6%.22.

    Unlike the AKC's Canine Good Citizen test, no part of the ATTS test is performed without the dog owner present. It also fails to evaluate the most basic scenario that leads to aggression: How a dog reacts when it sees another dog.

  41. Thomas McCartney


    Breed-Associated Behaviors
    "Setting aside the issue of anomalous behaviors, studies show that there are both behavior and personality traits associated with specific breeds (18, 53, 54, 132, 146).

    Simply put, border collies do not herd sheep because they are raised on sheep farms; rather, they are raised on sheep farms because they herd. In addition pointers point, retrievers retrieve, and mastiffs guard, all because those traits are part of their breed expectations, meaning strong and continuous selection in the underlying breeding program ".

    Simply put Pit bulls do not attack because they are raised with dog fighters and drug dealers, dog fighters and drug dealers use pit bulls because they attack!

    It is their nature, their genetic truth and reality.
    It is not how you raise them rather it is simply what they are.

    Just like sled dogs run and pull, it is just their nature.

  42. Thomas McCartney

    17 Barks
    Musings on Canidae and alternative views of life.

    Saturday, August 3, 2013.

    Breedism: what is a breed?
    What is a breed, anyway? It may seem like an inane question, but it's a good idea to be clear about what we mean.

    It can be rather frustrating to take part in a discussion where each party is using the same terms and assumes they mean the same thing to everyone, but where each party attaches radically different meaning to those terms.

    A quick consultation with Google provides this basic definition of the noun "breed": A stock of animals or plants within a species having a distinctive appearance and typically having been developed by deliberate selection.

    It was popularly believed that our domestic dogs descended from wild wolves tamed by humans, but more recent research indicates that domestic dogs evolved gradually from canine ancestors in response to conditions in their environment, adapting themselves to a niche on the fringes of human civilization.

    These canids differed from wolves in that they were less fearful of humans. They scavenged food from human garbage dumps, living in close proximity to man.

    These early "village dogs" would have been killed off had they presented a threat, but because they were able to coexist peacefully with humans, their destiny connected with ours, and Canis Familiaris became man's best friend.

    Since the appearance of the early dogs, the remarkable flexibility of Canine DNA has given rise to a diverse collection of domestic dog types, with an incredible range of size, appearance, temperaments and behaviors, which we've grouped into over 400 breeds.

    If humans displayed same range of diversity as canids, we could have adults ranging from 1 foot tall to 17 feet tall, and we'd have drastically different body types, temperaments, and mental capacities.

    Of course, there is no such range diversity in human biology. What diversity of human appearance does exist is extremely minor compared to that found among the population of the domestic dog.

    We're all humans, and respond in similar ways to given environmental conditions. In other words, there is only one human race, and the concept of different breeds as in the domestic dog simply has no parallel in humanity.

    But I digress. The point I want to make here is that Canid DNA is incredibly adaptable, and that the various breeds of domestic dog have taken on distinct, breed specific characteristics, in response to deliberate efforts by humans to select for those very characteristics.

    For instance, pointers were bred to point to waterfowl, while retrievers were bred to retrieve downed waterfowl, with a soft mouth. Sheep herding breeds arose from selection for the ability and inclination to herd sheep. Livestock guardians were bred to protect weaker creatures under their care. Each of these working breeds was equipped, over time, with the skills to do it's specific job, from birth.

    Beginning in the Elizabethan era, bull dogs were bred by selecting for temperament and physical characteristics useful in dogs which would torture animals – for instance de-horned bulls or de-clawed bears – for "sport".

    When bull-baiting was outlawed in 1835, the "sportsmen" turned to dog fighting, and bred specifically for those characteristics best suited to a life in the fighting pit, tearing apart dogs (A bit of terrier was added to the bull dog for more energy, creating the "bull & terrier").

    Such characteristics, copiously documented in diverse places, include, but are not limited to, a hair trigger attack reflex, a determination to continue attacking the victim, ignoring signals of submission, as well as injury to itself, and a freakish insensitivity to pain.

    This collection of traits characterizes the "pit bull", or the "pit fighting bull dog", which, though called by various names over time, has always displayed the distinctive traits which speak of its original purpose.

    There's an old saying which is somewhat apropos here: "You can take the dog out of the fight, but you can't take the fight out of the dog". Just as frustrated border collies without sheep to herd will take to herding children, frustrated pit bulls, without opponents in the pit to attack, will escape confinement and go looking for neighborhood pets to kill.

    The propensity for a pit bull to jump out of a moving car or a second story window to attack and kill a little dog is well documented, as is the rather breed specific pit bull behavior of finding ways into other people's houses to torture and kill the animals inside.

    There have been several such cases just within the past few weeks, and such nightmares are truly heartbreaking for anyone who has the least bit of compassion for animals.

    The foregoing background was a preparation for the question: If we have deliberately bred lines of dogs for centuries to produce breed-specific characteristics, why is it somehow "racist" to note the existence of these very breed specific characteristics which we've deliberately produced?

    Another question comes to mind: If we can accept that for instance border collies must have a job to do, and their job is herding, because it's in their DNA, why do we deny all genetic influence when it comes to pit bulls?

    These bully breeds are working dogs too, and their work is killing. I'm at a loss as to how the pit bull propaganda machine continues to condemn "breedism", as though there are no genetic factors in a dog's behavior. They speak as though a pit bull were no different from a lab.

    Why does the pit propaganda machine shout "racism" and speak nonsensically of "condemning a breed for the actions of a few" when that's not at all the issue?

    The issue is instead recognizing that specific breeds were created with specific purposes, and we deny reality at our peril. A quick glance at the statistics for serious and fatal injuries from dog attack over the past 30 years makes it clear that it is all about the breed, regardless of owner or upbringing.

    Bottom line: It's absurd to pretend that breed specific characteristics which were deliberately created by humans don't exist. And to call those who recognize these breed specific characteristics "racist" reveals a profound ignorance on the part of the accuser.

    A final thought: When someone speaks of the unfairness of "killing off a breed" what they are actually talking about is eliminating a specific set of characteristics which have proven to be a problem. The fact that sadistic humans created a "breed" to torture animals is no mandate to continue the existence of said breed. Nobody has suggested killing off the domestic dog – only those man-made expressions of temperament and behaviors which have proven to be harmful and cruel.

    References –
    Coppinger, Dogs, from
    Semyonova, The 100 silliest things people say about dogs, from

  43. Thomas McCartney

    Dogs are not humans, there is every reason to be threatened by a pit bull just because of what it is, no different then it would be to feel threatened by ANY bear, lion, tiger, wolverine, cobra etc. that you encountered, if they charged you then there would be justification to kill any of them if you were carrying, same thing with a pit bull, any pit pit bull.

    You can no more be biased or prejudiced against any pit bull then you can be so against any bear, lion, tiger, wolverine, cobra etc. so that is an absurd argument on the part of the nutters.

    That 4% of the dog population carries out 70%+ of the killings, mauling, crippling, disfiguring and dismembering attacks to such a disproportionate extent speaks for itself and to the genetic truth and reality that exists in any pit bull type dog, it is what it is and does what is in it's DNA.This has been breed into them over 600 years and is their truth, they must therefore become extinct.

    Any other dog will bite and run giving you a few stitches, a pit bull will not stop till you are DEAD.What about that do you not understand, the difference between another dog's bite and a pit bulls mauling and dismembering, disfiguring and killing.

  44. Thomas McCartney

    20 dead by dog attack so far in 2013.
    Pit bull type dogs killed nineteen of them. Eleven of the nineteen dead are children.
    Stars indicate people killed by a ‘family’ pit bull – ones that had been raised and cherished as an indoor pet, ‘never showed aggression before’, and knew the victim.

    Child fatalities by pit bull type dog (11):
    Christian Gormanous – 4 yrs old.
    Isaiah Aguilar – 2 yrs old.
    Ryan Maxwell – 7 yrs old **.
    Dax Borchardt – 14 mos old **.
    Monica Laminack – 21 mos old **.
    Tyler Jett – 7 yrs old.
    Jordyn Arndt – 4 yrs old **.
    Beau Rutledge – 2 yrs old **.
    Ayden Evans- 5 yrs old **.
    Nephi Selu – 6 yrs old **.
    Arianna Jolee Merrbach – 5 yrs old.

    Adult fatalities by pit bull type (7):
    Betty Todd – 65 yrs old **.
    Elsie Grace – 91 yrs old **.
    Claudia Gallardo – 38 yrs old.
    Pamela Devitt – 63 yrs old.
    Carlton Freeman – 80 yrs old.
    Linda Oliver – 63 yrs old.
    Juan Campos 96 years old.

    (1 non-bite related fatality) James Harding – 62 yrs old – chased into traffic by two attacking pit bulls.

    (1 non-pit type killing) [Rachel Honabarger – 35 yrs old – mauled to death by her own GSD mix].

    Two of the pit bull type dogs were BULL mastiffs, ie 60% pit-fighting bulldog.

    18 of 20 dead were killed directly by pit bull bites, that's 90% dead by pit and 10% dead by 'molosser'.

    If you count the pit-mix mastiffs as pit bull types which they are, and are 60% pit bull , that's 95% killed directly by pit bull type bites.

    The man who ran into traffic kept pit bulls himself. He knew perfectly well what the two stranger pit bulls that were were chasing him would do if they caught him, so he preferred to risk a swift death by oncoming car.

  45. Thomas McCartney

    Beyond the Interview: Father of Child Killed by Babysitter's Pit Bulls Speaks Out After Attack 'Believing the Myth is What Left Us Without a Son'.

    This speaks volumes and in a nutshell reflects the reality of what animal shelters are doing throughout North America where vicious pit bull type dogs are misrepresented as family lassie or rin tin tin type dogs.

  46. Thomas McCartney

    Pit Bulls Lead 'Bite' Counts Across U.S. Cities and Counties.
    Dog Biting Incidents: 2008 to 2012.

    Animal control departments in at least 25 U.S. states report that pit bulls are biting more than all other dog breeds. These states include: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.

    The oft-quoted myth by pro-pit bull groups that pit bulls "do not bite more than other breeds" is categorically false. In addition to leading bite counts, the pit bull bite is also the most damaging, inflicting permanent and disfiguring injury.

  47. Thomas McCartney

    In Calgary, by Bill Bruce's own admission and documentation, pit bulls lead the serious bite count with 13% of the city's serious bites attributable to pit bulls, yet pit bulls account for less than 1% of the city's dogs.

    In fact, pit bulls are responsible for nearly as many serious bites (13%) as the ENTIRE sporting breeding category (15%), which includes all of the most popular breeds (Labs, Goldens, Poodles, Spaniels, etc) and houses 70% of Calgary's dogs.

    Why aren't these breeds attacking in the face of irresponsible ownership?

  48. Thomas McCartney

    An Ox be a Mutant Undog pit bull type dog by another name…………… for me, this should be the outcome for all pit bull type dogs and pit nutter owners, we should include this in the next proposed BSL here, there and everywhere.

    28 If an ox gore a man or a woman, that they die: then the ox shall be surely stoned, and his flesh shall not be eaten; but the owner of the ox shall be quit.

    29 But if the ox were wont to push with his horn in time past, and it hath been testified to his owner, and he hath not kept him in, but that he hath killed a man or a woman; the ox shall be stoned, and his owner also shall be put to death.

  49. Thomas McCartney

    "The LA Times (and other advocates) are fond of mentioning that many pit bulls live without incident as gentle pets. These advocates ignore more compelling facts.

    321 humans have been killed or disfigured by dogs during calendar year 2013; 316 of those attacks were by pit bulls.

    16 of the attacks have caused human fatalities, 15 of those deaths were caused by pit bulls.***.

    California leads the nation in fatal pit bull attacks with 25% of the nation's total.

    To omit this essential information in an editorial opinion on pit bulls is tantamount to a lie of omission."

  50. Thomas McCartney

    Dog Attack Deaths and Maimings, U.S. & Canada, September 1982 to May.25, 2013.

    By compiling U.S. and Canadian press accounts between 1982 and 2013, Merritt Clifton, editor of Animal People, shows the breeds most responsible for serious injury and death.

    Study highlights

    The combination of Pit Bulls, rottweilers, their close mixes and wolf hybrids and other Pit Bull Type Dogs:

    84% of attacks that induce bodily harm.

    75% of attacks to children.

    87% of attack to adults.

    72% of attacks that result in fatalities.

    80% that result in maiming.

  51. Thomas McCartney

    Sadly one does not even have to search for the many attacks of these savage mutant undog's on humans and pets, there are literally hundreds of new incidents every day carried out by these disgusting creatures, here is another.

    These are all major daily newspapers and network TV station accurate factual reports with direct access to Doctors, ER's Animal control officers, Police, the victims family, witnesses, the guilty pit nutters, all in news reports from major city newspapers and TV stations, as legit therefore as it possibly can be.

    There is only one breed that has every been or is a threat to public safety and that is the pit bull, the sooner they are exterminated the sooner tragic attacks like the one below will be ended.

    Ban the breed and end the deed.

  52. Thomas McCartney

    Cesar Millan quote unquote:

    “Yeah, but this is a different breed…the power that comes behind the bull dog, pit bull, presa canario, the fighting breed – They have an extra boost, they can go into a zone, they don’t feel the pain anymore. … So if you are trying to create submission in a fighting breed, it’s not going to happen.

    They would rather die than surrender. If you add pain, it only infuriates them…to them pain is that adrenaline rush, they are looking forward to that, they are addicted to it… That’s why they are such great fighters.”.

    He goes on to say: “Especially with fighting breeds, you’re going to have these explosions over and over because there’s no limits in their brain.” Wow, is that what you want in a pet? A dog that has “explosions over and over” in its brain?

  53. Thomas McCartney

    Myth: Pit Bulls have been called the Nanny Dog.

    Truth: This myth was started by statements made by two people. Mrs. Lilian Rant, President, Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club of America, magazine editor said they are referred to as a nursemaid dog in an interview published in the New York Times in 1971.

    Second in 1987 Toronto Star article where Breeder Kathy Thomas, president of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier Association said “In England, our Staffies were called the nanny-dog”.

    No sources, citations or evidence just two biased people heavily invested in trying to change the image of Pit Bulls made these statements and started this whole myth.

    The "nanny dog" is a complete historical fabrication. The sole known published reference to the "nanny dog" notion, before the rise of opposition to breed-specific laws in recent decades, came in a 1922 work of fiction, Pep: The Story of A Brave Dog, by Clarence Hawkes, a blind man who wrote by dictating his stories and, though able to spin a gripping yarn, routinely muddled his facts.

    This work of fiction also appears to be the point of origin of many of the other popular myths about the history of pit bulls. Indeed some dogfighters did photograph their pit bulls with their children, to help advertise the sale of their cull dogs as pets, but that hardly means pit bulls were safe pets.

    One of the most notorious of these gents, professional dogfighter John P. Colby, of Newburyport, Massachusetts, produced his first pit bull litter in 1889. The Boston Globe on December 29, 1906 reported that police shot one of his dogs, who mauled a boy while a girl escaped. On February 2, 1909 the Globe described how one of Colby's dogs killed Colby's two-year-old nephew, Bert Colby Leadbetter.

    The entire history of the "nanny dog" myth is outlined here:

  54. Cynthia Williams

    Anyone who would kill a dog to me is an. demonic duck, look up how that fucking cop kill bear bear a two year old husky at a dog park these cops just love to kill anything they can , fucking natzi. psychopaths.I Hate cops they are murders!!!!

  55. Billy E Rogers

    Would have "done" the same…ignorant rants from ignorant people. Right KR…

  56. Fred Dog

    Scott Lacy They just hate pit bulls. They care about nothing else but their hate for one breed of dog to the exclusion of all else. Therapy would be an excellent choice for all of 'em.

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